Independence Day has come and gone, though the significance of that day is felt throughout the year for those who have struggled to achieve U.S. citizenship. Gaining citizenship and naturalization in this country can take years, but national holidays can take on a whole new meaning when that goal is finally accomplished. While many undocumented residents in California may still be fighting for citizenship, there is hope and legal avenues that can be pursued to help turn their dreams into a reality.

Immigrants looking for citizenship certainly have a lot of hoops to jump through before it is granted. Getting access to a green card, learning English and American history for exams and filling out numerous forms can take time and may feel like a daunting task. In most areas of the country, there are education classes to help prepare for the citizenship tests and legal professionals to assist in getting required paperwork in order.

Those seeking citizenship status should beware of the scam artists claiming to help with immigration forms. Far too many individuals have lost thousands of dollars to these scams run by those looking to take advantage of the situation. Working with the proper authorities and seeking counsel when needed can save immigrants in California a lot of unnecessary burdens.

While the path to citizenship and naturalization isn’t an easy one, those that have achieved it say they feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. Immigrants come for opportunity and growth, and without proper documentation, life can be a struggle. Undocumented residents in California don’t need to be afraid of the system. They can start the legal process of obtaining citizenship and making their own American dream come true.

Source: myrecordjournal.com, “Independence Day especially meaningful for those who struggle for citizenship”, Leigh Tauss, July 4, 2014